Five Things to Know About Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Voyager Cruise Ship
World's Best 2016 Awards Rank: #5 Large Ocean Cruise Ship
Best for: High-end cruisers who spare no expense
Sails: Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East
At a Glance: A Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016 winner, placing fifth in the Large Ocean Cruise Ship category. After a stem-to-stern refurbishment in 2016, the luxe, all-suite Seven Seas Voyager is more stunning than ever, with spacious cabins, a new design, and some of the best food at sea.
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The Staterooms Are Spacious
Spacious and elegant, the cabins all have balconies and leather headboards and range in size from a 306-square-foot Deluxe Veranda Suite to a 1,216 square-foot, two-bedroom Master Suite, which comes with two balconies (the largest is 187 square feet), two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a living room, and include a complimentary cocktail party for eight. (Note that in some of the smaller suites, rooms are divided with a curtain rather than a wall.) Upper-tier staterooms like the Grand, Voyager, and Master Suites also come with high-end perks like in-room caviar service.
The Design Blends Vintage Details With a Modern Vibe
As part of a $125 million fleetwide refurbishment program, Seven Seas Voyager underwent a total makeover in 2016, layering rich fabrics and metallic and vintage-inspired details onto the public spaces. Most of the restaurants have been transformed, most notably the Compass Rose dining room. The ceiling glitters with crystal chandeliers, while guests take their seat at celestial blue velvet chairs.
The Restaurants Impress
Like other Regent ships, Seven Seas Voyager is a culinary destination unto itself. And passengers are not charged extra to dine in any location. New French restaurant Chartreuse’s opulent, art nouveau decor was inspired by the restaurant of the same name on the Seven Seas Explorer. One of the best spots for lunch is the Pool Grill, which now has an infrared barbecue grill, allowing chefs to barbecue lamb chops, steaks, and salmon on the deck. Flagship Compass Rose, which also underwent a makeover, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has a fresh new menu that includes healthy Canyon Ranch Spa dishes at night. The clubby Prime 7 is more refined take on a traditional steakhouse. You can order massive cuts of bone-in rib eye or New York strip, or the signature surf and turf, then polish off a caramel popcorn sundae for dessert. In the evening, the just-redone buffet eatery La Veranda becomes Italian restaurant Sette Mari, which mixes buffet options with table service: Think antipasti, spaghetti carbonara, and mushroom risotto.
The Shows Are Fun
As part of the refurbishment, five new productions are now playing at the Constellation Theater. There’s Tuxedo, which focuses on music by Rat Pack members like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett and new standard bearers like Michael Bublé. Sin City-themed Vegas! The Show is headlined by Elvis, Sonny and Cher, and Tina Turner. Broadway in Concert is all about musical theater (Cabaret, Les Mis), while Lights, Camera, Music! shines a spotlight on the Hollywood musical. Finally, choreography takes a star turn in Dancin’ Fool, featuring jive, disco, quick step and other moves. Afterward, head to the Voyager Lounge, lavishly reimagined with crimson furniture and champagne-colored chandeliers, for live music and excellent martinis.
The Excursions Are Worth It
Prefer a group tour to exploring solo? On Regent Seven Seas ships, many excursions are included in the price of your cruise. For example, in Picton, New Zealand, passengers can choose between a visit to a wildlife sanctuary, a cruise around Queen Charlotte Sound, or a tour of an aviation museum, craft beer brewery, and handmade chocolate factory in the Marlborough region, as well as numerous other options—at no additional cost.